Monday, January 25, 2010
What do the Sabres need to lift the Cup?
As a Buffalo Sabres fan I have seen my team accomplish everything short of the greatest feat- winning Lord Stanley's Cup. We have come close on several occasions but have fallen short.
Once again, this 2010 version of the Sabres is a good one. Easily a Top 5 team and possibly the best defensive team in the league, they should make a good run in the playoffs, maybe right to the finals.
Still, most of us who think we know hockey see something lacking with the Sabres again this year. They have a well-rounded, well-coached, highly disciplined club, but still lack that one or two players who gives them heart-driven intensity that is willing to put it all on the line to kiss the Cup. Local Buffalo sports writer Nick Mendola said it perfectly today:
"...let me tell you that I believe the Sabres need -- more than anything else -- another guy in the locker room who is going to put a proverbial knife to the throat of a player who isn't trying hard enough for silverware. I'm talking a guy who's playoff beard is actually made out of tiny piece of barbed-wire, and would block a shot with his actual, exposed beating heart if it meant his name appearing on Lord Stanley's Cup."